Brexit negotiations drive everyone mad, there was not a wink of sleep to be had and in the end is ANYONE glad? It’s a Brexit special this week.
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There was only one topic on anyone’s mind this week — Brexit. The problem is, not a soul seems to have had the slightest notion what was going on.
David Allen Green summed it up: “Looks at Brexit commentators. No consensus, nobody seems to have any clear idea as to current position. Clicks off Twitter”
David, this has been my WHOLE week!
After a weekend of speculation, this week kicked off with intense negotiations between the two teams.
On Tuesday, Cat Neilan reported “an EU official” saying “talks are ongoing. We have no update right now.”
And from Brussels an EU official says only that "talks are ongoing. We have no update right now"
— Cat Neilan (@CatNeilan) October 15, 2019
And go on they did — long into the night on Tuesday.
Philip Sime helpfully pointed out the negotiators burning the midnight oil at the European Commission.
Burning the midnight oil at the European Commission: Brexit talks went on late into the night as negotiators try to reach a draft deal for this week’s summit. pic.twitter.com/SMY1poRumc
— Philip Sime (@PhilipSime) October 16, 2019
Emily Ashton woke up on Wednesday morning wondering what happened on Brexit overnight, switched on the radio. Cue Adam Fleming: “I’ll be honest with you Nick, no one has a clue what’s going on.”
*Wakes up, wondering what's happened on Brexit overnight, switch on radio* Adam Fleming: "I'll be honest with you Nick, no one has a clue what's going on"
— Emily Ashton (@elashton) October 16, 2019
On Wednesday evening Jean Claude Juncker trotted out his well worn: “Everyone understands English, but nobody understands England,” gag for the millionth time.
— Georg von Harrach (@georgvh) October 16, 2019
At least when this is all over, we won’t have to hear that one again!
One of the few who does seem to have a handle on it, is RTE’s Tony Connelly, who reported that the main stumbling block to a deal had been removed with the DUP accepting the latest proposals on consent.
BREAKING: two senior EU sources say the main stumbling block to a deal has been removed with the DUP accepting the latest proposals on consent… Optimism a deal can now be done…
— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) October 16, 2019
But that was rubbished by DUP leader Arlene Foster — as so many things are.
She tweeted: “EU sources’ are talking nonsense. Discussions continue.”
'EU sources' are talking nonsense. Discussions continue. Needs to be a sensible deal which unionists and nationalists can support. https://t.co/CpugVBfyBZ
— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) October 16, 2019
As Darren McCaffrey observed, it is all getting very public — which one assumes “can’t be good for the actual negotiations.”
😬Well this is all getting very public – which I assume can’t be good for the actual negotiations…
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) October 16, 2019
Once again, talks dragged on into the small hours on Wednesday.
Brexit talks broke up at 2am last night with no deal done. Teams are said to be in touch this morning but no confirmation of any physical meetings yet today
— Jon Stone (@joncstone) October 17, 2019
On Thursday morning American EU Dude started a poll asking whether the summit
Will: take stock; take note; or take all night?
No prizes for guessing the answer — no one is sleeping in Schuman this week!
The BBC’s Katya Adler reported that all the EU diplomatic and political sources she has spoken to are soooooo fatigued with this process.
EU diplomatic and political sources I speak to are soooooo fatigued with this process /1
— katya adler (@BBCkatyaadler) October 16, 2019
Martini Seltzermayr quipped that maybe they are specifically fatigued with being texted for updates 8 times a day by Katya Adler.
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) October 16, 2019
“Barely four hours to go until a(nother) Brexit crunch summit and EU member states have not seen any legal text,” revealed Jennifer Rankin. She quoted a senior EU official: “Maybe we will have a deal, or maybe not, when Brexit is on the agenda, we should expect the unexpected.”
Barely four hours to go until a(nother) Brexit crunch summit and EU member states have not seen any legal text.
"Maybe we will have a deal, or maybe not," says senior EU official, who adds that when Brexit is on the agenda "we should expect the unexpected"
— Jennifer Rankin (@JenniferMerode) October 17, 2019
Well thanks Mr Official, that’s as clear as mud! Although it must be said “Senior EU Official” was doing a LOT of heavy lifting this week.
Commission spokesperson Mina Andreeva said that contacts between EU and UK teams are continuing, but every hour and every minute counts!
— Mina Andreeva (@Mina_Andreeva) October 17, 2019
Clearly it did count, because just when it seemed this would all drag on going round and round in circles for-EVA, there it was: White Smoke!
— Jennifer Baker (@BrusselsGeek) October 17, 2019
As Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted: we have a deal! It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and is testament to our commitment to find solutions, he said.
🇪🇺🤝🇬🇧 Where there is a will, there is a #deal – we have one! It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions. I recommend that #EUCO endorses this deal. pic.twitter.com/7AfKyCZ6k9
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) October 17, 2019
Although as many pointed out, we’ve been here before.
@JunckerEU we'll see what the parliement vote, it's not the first Brexit agreement negociated with the UK gov
— Guillaume (@guillaumeQD) October 17, 2019
Theresa May also had a #BrexitDeal. It failed three times. Let's not get overly excited.
— Alexander Anderson (@Aldo_thedon) October 17, 2019
— Ben Powick (@BenPowick) October 17, 2019
Will the House of Commons go for it? Will the DUP spoil it all again? Who knows! We record on a Thursday, so as you’re watching everything will have gone smoothly/dreadfully delete as appropriate!
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